Saturday, August 25, 2012

Parkinson's Shmarkinson's

I hope she doesn't mind me telling you this, but my mother has Parkinson's. It has affected her speech, her muscle tone and her ability to take care of herself. She recently stopped taking the meds that are supposed to be helping. Since then, her mind is clearer, her mobility has actually improved, and she is genuinely happier and more involved in life.

Her roommate Phyllis is a very persuasive woman and has gotten my mother to participate in many of the social activities. She goes to Bingo, shuffleboard (specially designed for folks in wheelchairs) and recently, she went to a painting class. She showed me this piece today and she gave it to me. I am so impressed that a woman with Parkinson's, who can't even write her name anymore was able to do this:

It's a sun catcher. I took a few photos with it against a window, but the outdoor scenery dulled the colors a bit. This was taken on a pink tablecloth in the dining room. She said next time she's going to do a butterfly for me. I can't wait to see it! This one will be hanging in my living room window.

She's doing great! Love you Mom!